Interior Secretary Ken Salazar spoke to those in attendance before the ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., yesterday. The government hopes to have the first phase of the memorial completed by Sept. 11, 2011. (Gene J. Puskar/ Associated Press)
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PENNSYLVANIASHANKSVILLE - With the words “Let’s roll,’’ the command issued by United Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer to lead the passenger revolt, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and 39 victims’ relatives and dignitaries turned shovels of dirt at a groundbreaking yesterday for a national memorial. “We made it. Not to our goal, not to the finish line. Certainly not any semblance of closure, but nevertheless, we made it to the next milestone,’’ said Gordon Felt, whose brother, Edward, died when the plane crashed. The government hopes to have the first phase completed by Sept. 11, 2011.
Navy assault ship ready for serviceNEW YORK - The USS New York, built with steel from the rubble of the World Trade Center, was put into service yesterday as a symbol of healing and strength. “No matter how many times you attack us, we always come back,’’ Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said at the amphibious assault ship’s commissioning. He spoke on a Manhattan pier where hundreds of Navy officers and sailors joined first responders and families of Sept. 11 victims.
Teen who fled state declared cancer-freeMINNEAPOLIS - A teen who fled Minnesota to avoid chemotherapy finished his cancer treatment. Daniel Hauser, 13, of Sleepy Eye, underwent his final radiation session Friday, and his family says he is cancer-free. Daniel stopped treatment after one session in February and fled, citing religious beliefs. After he returned, he underwent court-ordered chemo for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, then started radiation therapy. A judge has asked for reports from Brown County Family Services and Daniel’s doctor. If everything looks good, the case could be closed.
Contest encourages elevator to spaceLOS ANGELES - A Seattle team collected a $900,000 prize in a NASA-backed competition to develop an elevator to space, an idea spurred by science fiction. The robotic machine raced up more than 2,950 feet of cable danged from a helicopter. Powered by a laser pointed at photo voltaic cells, the LaserMotive machine completed a climb in about 3 minutes, 48 seconds. The contest encourages development of a theory popularized by Arthur C. Clarke’s 1979 novel “The Fountains of Paradise.’’
Poor county holds civil rights holidayMARION - A small, rural county is in the midst of a five-day celebration that concludes tomorrow with an official holiday marking the election of Barack Obama as the nation’s first black president. Perry County employees will get a paid holiday tomorrow as government offices close. Events included a civil rights rally and march, a carnival, and a parade through Marion.
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